Daily Devotional – 1/2/15 “It’s a New Year!”

We made it! Yes, we as in you and me! We made it to 2015! Oh, I know you made it because you’re reading this. Are you happy? Is your New Year happy or did you wake up on 1/1/15 the same way you laid down on 12/31/14? Did you bring into the New Year the same mess, the same old jacked up attitude, the same anger, the same unforgiving spirit, the same lying tongue, the same hurting hands, the same stealing mentality, the same this is my church spirituality; in other words the same you? Or have you changed yet? Did you make the resolutions and start them or did you do that because that’s what everybody else is doing? Are you still crying over the things that you’ve lost or are you ready to allow God to give you something new? Are you ready to move now or are you ok with wandering in the wilderness alone? Yes, I understand that you’re in a storm now, that you’re going through something but baby it’s not to punish you; God doesn’t work like that. However you do need to understand this … In order for us to reap the benefits of God’s blessings, we also have to reap the benefits of His suffering. Romans 8:17 says this, “And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering.”

Beloved, I know that you want the storm to end but don’t rush it because then you won’t be prepared. Have you ever rushed through studying only to find that you weren’t prepared for the final test and then you failed? This is the same way. God doesn’t allow us to go through anything that will intentionally hurt us yet He allows us to go through everything to strengthen us but we have to go through it. How can you tell me your testimony if it’s unfinished? How can you tell me how to get over, if you didn’t make it? How can you tell me how to shout my way through when your voice can’t go above a whisper? How can you tell me how to dance my way out when I’ve seen your shoes and they don’t have any scuff marks? How can you tell me the wounds of being stabbed in the back heal, when I’ve checked your back and I don’t see any? How can you tell me prayer works when I’ve never heard you pray? You got to go through, even if it means starting the New Year in your storm yet I decree that your year won’t end in one but that can only be determined by your faith. You have 363 more days to change the outcome. What will it be?

Happy New Year!

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